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medicine

 [med´ĭ-sin]
1. any drug or remedy.
2. the art and science of the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the maintenance of health.
3. the nonsurgical treatment of disease.
alternative medicine see complementary and alternative medicine.
aviation medicine the branch of medicine that deals with the physiologic, medical, psychologic, and epidemiologic problems involved in flying.
ayurvedic medicine the traditional medicine of India, done according to Hindu scriptures and making use of plants and other healing materials native to India.
behavioral medicine a type of psychosomatic medicine focused on psychological means of influencing physical symptoms, such as biofeedback or relaxation.
clinical medicine
1. the study of disease by direct examination of the living patient.
2. the last two years of the usual curriculum in a medical college.
complementary medicine (complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)) a large and diverse set of systems of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention based on philosophies and techniques other than those used in conventional Western medicine, often derived from traditions of medical practice used in other, non-Western cultures. Such practices may be described as alternative, that is, existing as a body separate from and as a replacement for conventional Western medicine, or complementary, that is, used in addition to conventional Western practice. CAM is characterized by its focus on the whole person as a unique individual, on the energy of the body and its influence on health and disease, on the healing power of nature and the mobilization of the body's own resources to heal itself, and on the treatment of the underlying causes, rather than symptoms, of disease. Many of the techniques used are the subject of controversy and have not been validated by controlled studies.
emergency medicine the medical specialty that deals with the acutely ill or injured who require immediate medical treatment. See also emergency and emergency care.
experimental medicine study of the science of healing diseases based on experimentation in animals.
family medicine family practice.
forensic medicine the application of medical knowledge to questions of law; see also medical jurisprudence. Called also legal medicine.
group medicine the practice of medicine by a group of physicians, usually representing various specialties, who are associated together for the cooperative diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
internal medicine the medical specialty that deals with diagnosis and medical treatment of diseases and disorders of internal structures of the body.
legal medicine forensic medicine.
nuclear medicine the branch of medicine concerned with the use of radionuclides in diagnosis and treatment of disease.
patent medicine a drug or remedy protected by a trademark, available without a prescription.
physical medicine physiatry.
preclinical medicine the subjects studied in medicine before the student observes actual diseases in patients.
preventive medicine the branch of medical study and practice aimed at preventing disease and promoting health.
proprietary medicine any chemical, drug, or similar preparation used in the treatment of diseases, if such article is protected against free competition as to name, product, composition, or process of manufacture by secrecy, patent, trademark, or copyright, or by other means.
psychosomatic medicine the study of the interrelations between bodily processes and emotional life.
socialized medicine a system of medical care regulated and controlled by the government; called also state medicine.
space medicine the branch of aviation medicine concerned with conditions encountered by human beings in space.
sports medicine the field of medicine concerned with injuries sustained in athletic endeavors, including their prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
state medicine socialized medicine.
travel medicine (travelers' medicine) the subspecialty of tropical medicine consisting of the diagnosis and treatment or prevention of diseases of travelers.
tropical medicine medical science as applied to diseases occurring primarily in the tropics and subtropics.
veterinary medicine the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of animals other than humans.

psy·cho·so·mat·ic med·i·cine

the study and treatment of diseases, disorders, or abnormal states in which psychologic processes resulting in physiologic reactions are believed to play a prominent role.

psychosomatic medicine

A “holistic” philosophy of healthcare, which assumes that an individual’s mental state is intimately linked to both the pathogenesis of disease and ultimately to its treatment.

psy·cho·so·mat·ic med·i·cine

(sī'kō-sŏ-mat'ik med'i-sin)
The study and treatment of diseases, disorders, or abnormal states in which psychological processes resulting in physiologic reactions are believed to play a prominent role.

psy·cho·so·mat·ic med·i·cine

(sī'kō-sŏ-mat'ik med'i-sin)
Study and treatment of diseases, disorders, or abnormal states in which psychologic processes resulting in physiologic reactions are believed to play a prominent role.
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Even if you don't delve deeper into hypnosis, I do hope you'll tap into the power of suggestion at every visit, in delivering a care plan in such a way that everyone believes good things are going to happen.
If the power of suggestion makes you think you are so ill that you end up in hospital, do not expect sympathy from the real staff of Casualty.
More importantly, the power of suggestion is a subtle beginning to negotiation with the carriers.
It's easy to see why the coppers are frightened by the case, but throughout it all Tony remains sceptical, believing the culprit is relying on manipulation and the power of suggestion rather than the dark arts.
For the final scene, the three beds were lined up to form a single bier, the bodies all side-by-side--Emelia, Desdemona, Othello--a grim reminder of the power of suggestion, of how the shadow of an idea can infect the mind, resulting in a "heavy act." With the conflation of characters, the production showed how suspicion and jealousy breeds through intimate interaction and how intimacy and love can sometimes wither beneath the glare of mistrustful doubt.
She explains why people find it easy to believe what they're told and difficult to doubt it and why brains are so susceptible to the power of suggestion. Norton, 2006, 243 p., hardcover, $24.95.
The first two sections focus on client views, which describe situations of transference, failed therapy, the power of suggestion in sessions, informed consent, hypnotherapy, dependence, the client's role, psychoanalysis, and the effects of language and reality.
In this, light plays a central role, making objects visible but also bringing out their power of suggestion: change and impermanence, aspects of character, emotions, desires, and anxieties, the relation between inner and outer worlds, such are the effects conveyed by physical objects in the examples explored here.
Older people may be more easily swayed by the power of suggestion than younger individuals, and more likely to falsely "remember" misinformation, according to a study published in a recent issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology.
The patient usually knows what is being injected and the power of suggestion can come into play.
(See "High Noon at the Magic Kingdom," Winter 2004, and "Power of Suggestion," Spring 2004.) Basically, Stanley & Roy resigned from the Disney board, criticized Eisner for having numerous shortcomings to the detriment of the Disney stock price, and successfully engineered a campaign pursuant to which, at the spring 2004 annual meeting, 45% of the votes for Eisner's re-election as a director were withheld.